Netanyahu to US: I won't honor Syria deal if elected

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

A senior member of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party recently informed both US presidential candidates, as well as US State Department officials that if Likud wins the upcoming Israeli general election, it will not honor any peace agreement reached between the current caretaker government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Syria.

Likud lawmaker and Netanyahu confidante Yuval Steinitz told The Jerusalem Post that the next government cannot be bound by hasty, last-minute deals reached by a deposed prime minister.

Steinitz delivered that message just last week to a top advisor to US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, as well as to several visiting State Department officials.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain's staff was informed of the decision earlier last month.

With three more months in office before Israel's February national election, Olmert is determined to score a diplomatic victory to help revive his political career. He believes Syria offers the best opportunity for a quick agreement, and is reported to be open to guaranteeing a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights in exchange.

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